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Vintage Tube: Tom Glavine skates with Cam Neely’s Boston Bruins in 1992

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Hall of Famer Tom Glavine once boasted, jokingly, that he'd be a 500-goal scorer in the NHL, if things had turned out differently. He was drafted ahead of NHL Hall of Famer Luc Robitaille, after all.

But one day in 1992, with Glavine reigning as the NL Cy Young winner, the Boston Bruins invited him to a practice at the Boston Garden. NESN caught it on film. Glavine felt his way around for a while, but in a drill, he scored a goal on a one-timer after being fed a pass by none other than Cam Neely. Watchers "ooh'd" and "ahh'd." This Glavine had real street cred in hockey. Ice cred.

Glavine bemoaned his lack of hockey conditioning but admitted, yes, he's always wondered what life would have been like for him in hockey:

I just weighed all of the options of both sports and just thought that baseball was pretty far above hockey. Truthfully, being a left-handed pitcher, I felt I had a better chance of making it to the major leagues than I did making it here.

Glavine's mullet, and the way he said "out," would have fit nicely in the NHL. And left-handed shooters are always welcome. But it's hard to see him being a better hockey player than he was a pitcher. Imagine being good enough at both to have a choice.

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